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Canmore Shopping: Top Picks

November 3, 2016
By Where writers

Canmore, shopping

Smart Toys

Hi Jinx owner Sonja Jovanovic believes fun and games should be healthy pursuits. “We hand-pick the most unique, engaging and safe toys,” she says. Brands for infants to pre-schoolers like Rolligo and Bugs in the Kitchen develop communication, cognitive, emotional, physical and sensory abilities. (more…)

Gift-List Must: Backpacking Beauty Products

Dec. 12, 2015
By Morgan Kwan

Editor’s note: We’re stoked that Morgan Kwan has joined Where Canadian Rockies as a guest blogger! This Calgarian not only has an entertaining and insightful outdoors blog, but now she and her friend Andrea have their own beauty product line. Read on to meet Morgan and get inspiration for your Christmas gift ideas!

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It’s not very often that you find 20 women of different backgrounds and experience levels marching up a mountain, laughing and encouraging each other to work through the fatigue. Experiences like this are at the core of Beauty In The Backcountry, my blog that strives to breakdown the intense outdoor sports stereotype and inspire people, especially women, to push themselves and give these activities a try.

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Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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FOR THE LOVE OF ART

Lovers of local art will enjoy the offerings at The Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Dartmouth. Owner Jane MacDougald sources local artwork such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, and collectibles. The gallery also hosts art shows. Art consultation services, installation, and lease-to-purchase financing options available.

STOP AND SHOP

Mic Mac Mall

Mic Mac Mall

• With more than 120 stores, Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth offers a variety of high-end retailers and special services perfect for seasonal shopping, anchored by iconic department store The Bay. Three floors of shops includes American Eagle Outfitters, Bath and Bodyworks, Lush, and Forever 21.
• Situated in the West End, Halifax Shopping Centre is the city’s largest shopping mall with 160 stores and services. Shop for a winter wardrobe at Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, or Cleo. Find matching shoes and handbag at Aldo, Naturalizer, or Coach. One-stop-holiday shopping for everyone on your gift list.

GIFTS WITH PURPOSE

Jennifer's of Nova Scotia

Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia

P’lovers, with locations on South Park Street in Halifax and Queen Street in Dartmouth, is the perfect destination for the shopper who likes to make purchases that are sensitive to the Earth. The product line includes eco-friendly art, clothing, books, stationary, home décor, jewelry, and items for the outdoors.
• Since 1978, Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road has been a big supporter of Atlantic Canadian artisans who make unique gifts and works of art. The selection includes pottery, glass, wood, pewter, jewelry, and food; you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

STORY SELLERS

Woozles

Woozles

Woozles on Birmingham Street is Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore. It boasts shelves of books that inspire any imagination. Titles include those for baby’s first year of reading to those for young adults. Beyond books, Woozles hosts Battle of the Books, book clubs, book fairs, and more.
• For comic lovers, Strange Adventures, Comics and Curiosities on Prince Street in Halifax is a treasure trove of new and old comics, games, clothing, toys, and more. The award-winning comic book store also hosts Free Comic Book Day.

FULL OF FLAVOUR

Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold

For the foodie on your shopping list, find savoury gifts of olive oil and vinegars at Liquid Gold in The Hydrostone and Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. All of the oils in store are ultra premium and made with the best crops in any season. The balsamic vinegars are made in a family-owned facility in Moderna, Italy. Pestos, tapenades, mustards, and confits will help finish off the shopping for any choosy cook.

EDITOR’S CHOICEFreak-Lunchbox-Exterior-South-2-resized

For gifts for those with a sweet tooth and a huge sense of fun, visit Freak Lunchbox at its Barrington Street location in Halifax or in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. This colourful store is bursting with nostalgic novelties such as Pez and Pop Shoppe. Grab a bag of bulk candies in myriad varieties or check out the bobbleheads of cultural icons.

 

Hot Dates: Great Easter Gifts

Great Easter gifts in Vancouver

Nothing says Easter like a basket overflowing with mouth-watering chocolates from Purdy’s. If you’re counting calories and have to skip the bonbons, ask the Easter Bunny to deliver a seasonal charm from Thomas Sabo instead. Either way, it’s a sweet treat.—Sheri Radford

Hot Dates: Canadian-Designed Jewellery for Valentine’s Day

Treat your sweetie to jewellery by Canadian designer Anne Sportun

February 14

It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day, when Cupid takes flight and the air smells of red roses and chocolate. Treat your number-one love to a gift that lasts a lifetime with beautiful Canadian-designed bling by Anne Sportun, an East Coast jewellery designer who has wowed with her stunning designs since the early ‘90s. Peruse her pieces at Kiss & Makeup.—Jennifer Patterson


Hot Dining: Gift Ideas from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters

Bags of gourmet coffee from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters make a great gift

For the caffeine lover on your list, consider a coffee subscription from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. The company ships three bags of ethically traded, locally roasted beans every month for its three-, six- or 12-month gift packages, and the first shipment arrives in an engraved cedar box worthy of sitting unwrapped under the tree.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Shopping: Holiday Charms from Thomas Sabo

Thomas Sabo holiday charms

The season’s a-jingle with sounds of joy as loved ones open gifts filled with dazzling charm bracelets and necklaces from Thomas Sabo. Choose from hundreds of different charms—there’s something for every special occasion—including holiday-themed gingerbread men, angels, snowflakes and good ol’ Saint Nick. On that note, with such thoughtful gift giving, you might just secure a spot on Santa’s nice list.—Nicole Capelo

Hot Shopping: Honey from Mellifera Bees is the Perfect Gift

Cardamom-infused honey by Mellifera Bees

The growing buzz over the lip-smacking honey from Mellifera Bees has locals lusting for a jar of this West Coast nectar. The honey comes in three different infusions: vanilla bean, lemon and cardamom (pictured), which has additional spice notes of black pepper, cinnamon and orange rind. Enjoy it drizzled over vanilla ice cream, or stirred into a mug of hot mulled wine—yum! Available at Vancouver Urban Winery and Edible Canada.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dining: Buy Cookies for Charity

These cookies make great gifts

How often does a snack do triple duty? This one tastes great, makes an ideal stocking stuffer and raises money for charity. Until Dec. 31, gourmet cranberry cookies tucked into cute red piggy banks are available for $5 at National Bank locations. Proceeds go to Breakfast Clubs of Canada, which provides nutritious meals to thousands of school children nationwide. Stop by a branch of National Bank (555 Burrard St. or 5811 No. 3 Rd., Richmond) to pick up one—or a few—and you’ll be as popular as Santa.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Give the Gift of Jewellery

Rings from Pandora

When it comes to gifts, nothing tops jewellery. Show that special someone they’re loved with a brilliant bangle, or reward personal success with a new pendant.

  • Keir Fine Jewellery offers a wide range of Canadian diamonds—complete with the laser-engraved maple leaf or polar bear—as well as gold, titanium and pearl pieces.
  • Ruby Tuesday keeps it casual with playful necklaces, bracelets and earrings by Canadian designers.
  • Pandora (pictured) fans come for the charm collection but stay for the stunning assortment of gold and silver bling.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dates: Get Started on Holiday Shopping at Two Vancouver Markets

Tasci Handmade Glass, available at Circle Craft Christmas Market

November 7 to 11

‘Tis the season for markets aplenty—Christmas is, after all, just around the corner—so start tucking away gifts early to avoid holiday stress. The Circle Craft Christmas Market (Nov. 7 to 11) features goodies by Canadian artisans (including Tasci Handmade Glass, pictured), and Make It! Vancouver (Nov. 8 to 11) highlights one-of-a-kind handmade items.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Bling it at The Vault

Bracelet at the Vault

Revamp your jewellery collection and step into The Vault. From classic flower and heart designs to vibrant beads, pearls and modern gems, there’s a wide style selection for any occasion. Located at The Halifax Shopping Centre and Spring Garden Place, the store boasts 16 designer collections, including Sara Blaine, Pandora and more.